12 Characteristics of a Well Functioning Family

How well does your family function? Every family functions … on some level. But, at the same time, every family can function better. As you examine your family, it helps to not think of things as good or bad, right or wrong – instead think in terms of what...

Make your marriage a priority and your kids benefit

If there is one thing that will throw a wrench in married-life, it’s kids. Don’t get me wrong, kids are a tremendous blessing and source of fun and laughter, but they can also be whiny, energy draining monsters that can suck joy out of things at a the drop of a hat....

The resent-repeat syndrome

If you grew up in a family where you experienced injustice, abuse, or a sense of hurt, you’re at a high risk of developing a resent-repeat syndrome in your adult life. You may end up repeating a familiar pattern from your past or you may go 180 degrees to an...

Cherish the Silly Moments that Bring Laughter in Marriage

A few nights ago my husband and I were going through the bedtime routine with our two children. Our girls were brushing their teeth and using the toilet one last time. My youngest (age 2) began singing lines from a Disney princess film. She mixed up the words from two...

How To Choose A Shrink: Part 2

If you happened to miss the initial guide, be sure to check it out. One reader asked a few very good follow up questions based on part one. Here is an excerpt: Finding a therapist, especially when there isn’t anything catastrophic wrong, is a challenging thing....